The Yankees take on the mighty Royals tonight with the match up everyone's been waiting for: Andy Pettitte vs. Sidney Ponson. For those who do not know Ponson, he is the pitcher teams pick up when things have gone horribly wrong. The Yankees have gotten to know him well over the past few years. Pettitte is of course the lovable lefty who accepted a $5 million contract after turning down a $10 million offer from the same team. The strategy did not pay off for him. He is now motivated to reach his performance incentives so he can make an additional $7 million. For our sake, I hope he gets them as well.
Nady will be getting a day off as Matsui will DH and Swisher will play right field. Swisher has been flexing at the plate in this short start of the season, and he may very well be playing himself into, well, more playing time. It will be interesting to monitor Matsui over the early part of the season. He hit a homerun in the season opener, but it was his only hit in 10 at bats. He got a day off yesterday so we'll see what he can do today. If his bat doesn't come around, you can expect way more Swisher and Nady trading off in the DH/RF spot with a sprinkling of Posada. I suspect his bat will come around.
Cody Ransom has just one hit as well, but his spot is much less assured then Matsui's. A-Rod could be back early, but if Ransom doesn't hit in the next few games we can expect Ramiro Pena to get a start at third. Right now Pena is the team leader with a batting average of 1.000. That's tough to compete with.